Amotekun Officers Will Have Powers To Arrest – Attorney General Says

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Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti states are leading the preparing of design expenses on the South-West security clothing, Operation Amotekun

The Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, who provided this indicator in an interview with among our reporters on Sunday, likewise stated operatives of Amotekun, would have the power to arrest thought lawbreakers.

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Fapohunda stated this simply as indicators emerged on Sunday that the South-West attorney generals of the United States would on February 6 satisfy to harmonise positions of various states on the proposed Operation Amotekun expenses.

The Federal Government and the South-West guvs had, at a conference in Abuja on Thursday, solved their distinctions on Operation Amotekun, which was released in Ibadan on January 9 to attend to killings and kidnapping in the zone.

The conference, which was commanded by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, was gone to by the South-West guvs and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, who stated Operation Amotekun unlawful on January 14.

At the conference, both sides concurred that each of the South-West states should make a law to back Operation Amotekun.

As a follow-up to the contract reached in Abuja, the attorney generals of the United States of the South-West states fulfilled in Ibadan on Thursday to start the process of making Amotekun laws in their states.

Shedding light on the proposed Amotekun expense, Fapohunda, in the interview with The PUNCH, specified, “We eventually wish to produce a security clothing that is responsible and accountable to the people of each of the states involved so that they can have faith in the outfit. We have sights on a law that has focus on the people’s lives.

The legal framework being drafted by the attorneys general will contain the mandate of Amotekun. The mandate is very crucial and that will be clearly stated; then the administrative structure, particularly as it relates to the issue of accountability and their power particularly as it relates to that of arrest.

“Power of arrest is not new. All our non-conventional forces have the power of arrest.

What is important is that when they arrest, what happens to those that they arrest? The way Amotekun will work is that if they see a crime that is being committed, they will have to inform the national security forces like the police, where that is not possible, they can arrest and hand over such a person to the security agencies.”

Fapohunda, who said Amotekun across the different state commands would be working in collaboration, said the law would also spell out the relations among Amotekun in the six South-West states.

Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti states are leading the drafting of model bills on the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun.

The Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, who gave this indication in an interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday, also said operatives of Amotekun, would have the power to arrest suspected criminals.

Fapohunda said this just as indications emerged on Sunday that the South-West attorneys general would on February 6 meet to harmonise positions of different states on the proposed Operation Amotekun bills.

The Federal Government and the South-West governors had, at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, resolved their differences on Operation Amotekun, which was launched in Ibadan on January 9 to address killings and kidnapping in the zone.

The meeting, which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, was attended by the South-West governors and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, who declared Operation Amotekun illegal on January 14.

At the meeting, both sides agreed that each of the South-West states should make a law to back Operation Amotekun.

As a follow-up to the agreement reached in Abuja, the attorneys general of the South-West states met in Ibadan on Thursday to begin the process of making Amotekun laws in their states.

Shedding light on the proposed Amotekun bill, Fapohunda, in the interview with The PUNCH, stated, “We ultimately want to create a security outfit that is accountable and accountable to the people of each of the states included so that they can believe the clothing. We have sights on a law that has concentrate on the people’s lives.

“The legal structure being prepared by the attorney generals of the United States will consist of the required of Amotekun. The required is really essential which will be plainly specified; then the administrative structure, especially as it connects to the problem of responsibility and their power especially as it connects to that of arrest.

“Power of arrest is not new. All our non-conventional forces have the power of arrest. What is important is that when they arrest, what happens to those that they arrest? The way Amotekun will work is that if they see a crime that is being committed, they will have to inform the national security forces like the police, where that is not possible, they can arrest and hand over such a person to the security agencies.”

Fapohunda, who stated Amotekun throughout the various state commands would be operating in partnership, stated the law would likewise define the relations amongst Amotekun in the 6 South-West states.

He stated:-

“There is going to be clear provisions on how they are all going to cooperate. The issue of funding is likewise crucial; where we are going to be getting money from and how the state governments should be funding them. Those are some of the issues that will be contained in the proposed bill.

“The relationship with the conventional security agencies is an important component. The approach that we are taking is that of community policing. The whole concept is going to fit within the framework of community policing. That is one of the areas that the governors agreed with the IG.”

Fapohunda stated there would still be consultation among the South-West attorneys general with a view to producing virtually similar laws in the states.

He stated, “We are dealing with it, however don’t forget that we are going to speak with. Our own variation will be prepared, we are now going to take a look at other variations and see whether we can be influenced by what other variations have.


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